Safety First: Tips for Women Traveling Solo
It might sound silly, but don’t be afraid to lie when being propositioned or harassed in a foreign country. Tell them about your fake (and muscular) boyfriend or husband who is waiting back at the hotel for you. Some women even choose to wear a fake wedding ring when they travel; it’s sad but true that men are less likely to harass a woman who already “belongs” to someone.
Have a sense of humor
Traveling to another country, especially as a woman, can be a bit of a culture shock. Expect to get some interesting looks, treatment, and maybe even a few propositions depending on where you go.
In some countries like Indonesia, where Westerners are idealized, you might get followed around like a movie star and have people greeting you or taking your picture. In places like Borneo or China where there is a great emphasis on the importance of marriage and children, you might be treated with pity for being a woman alone. In Egypt, it’s not uncommon for men to seek your hand in marriage by asking “how many camels?” The best approach is not to get angry, but rather to laugh it off and chalk it all up to experience and a good story to tell your family and friends back home.
Ladies, don’t let your fear of traveling alone keep you grounded when there is a whole world out there waiting for you to experience it. With a little planning and a few precautions, you too can have a solo adventure that will boost your confidence, declare your independence and provide new cultural experiences and memories that will last you a lifetime. So pack your bags, (don’t) grab a partner and get out there!